The planning system in England requires Local Planning Authorities to prepare development plans outlining how planning will be managed for that area.
Planning decisions must be taken in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
Most types of development need planning permission although certain changes of land/building use do not. Some minor building works -; known as permitted development - are automatically allowed. More information can be found on the Do I need planning permission page.
Adur has produced a new Local Plan which is the principal document in the Adur Local Development Framework as it sets out the planning vision, strategy and policies for the Adur (outside of the South Downs National Park), See:
In April 2011 the Council adopted the Worthing Core Strategy which is the principle document in the suite of planning documents as it sets out the spatial planning strategies for the Borough up to 2026.
The South Downs National Park Authority is currently producing its own Local Plan that will cover the entire National Park area including those parts of Adur District and Worthing Borough which lie within the National Park.
Contact Planning Policy
Adur & Worthing Councils,
44 Richmond Road,